After operating hundreds of students below capacity, the Marinette School District is excited to bring four elementary schools down to two for this school year. All preschool through first grade students will be at the new primary school, which used to be Merryman Elementary, and all second through fourth-grade students will be at the new intermediate school, which used to be Park Elementary. Corry Lambie Superintendent of the Marinette School District says, “we estimate 120 kids per grade level.”

Lambie says, “I’d like to say thank you to our community. I think the fact that they’ve supported this process and this project from day one, getting the approval of $30.9 million committed and dedicated to our students, shows their commitment to their education in this community.”

The district is projecting more than $300,000 in savings from staff leaving the district and positions they don’t need to refill from consolidating operations. Class sizes will be more equal, and the learning environment will be more modern. District Officials say the work is on budget and on time for staff to move in on August 15th. Garfield Elementary and Menekaunee Sunrise Early Learning Center are schools that closed, and the district is trying to sell. The first day of school for the Marinette School District is August 29th